Pasta with Sautéed Spring Greens & Chevre

This incredibly-satisfying pasta is very versatile: Use any combination of your favorite hearty greens!

Ingredients:
1 pound pasta of your choice
6 cups mixed spring greens, such as a mix of this week’s micro broccoli, sunflower shoots, pea shoots
1 bunch Swiss chard, tough ribs removed and greens coarsely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter, divided
½ cup Chevre cheese, crumbled
¼ pine nuts, toasted

Method:
1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, then add the pasta. Cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta water, then drain pasta.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter in the skillet. Once warm, add the garlic and all the greens, tossing to coat with oil and butter. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and sweat until greens are just wilted and tender and garlic is fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add drained pasta to the skillet, then toss everything together with the rest of the olive oil and butter. If pasta seems a little dry, mix in reserved pasta water. Check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve with crumbled Chevre and pine nuts on top.

Spring Favorites Recipes

Leeks to radishes, peppery greens to beautiful chive blossoms, this week’s box celebrates some of our favorite flavors of spring, alongside such delicious accoutrements as fresh, creamy chevre cheese, sweet Challah bread and brown sugar-kissed Lummi Island smoked salmon. Also included in this springtime lineup are our own apricot preserves, a French red wine and a bevy of bright herbs ranging from salad burnet to mint, plus Skagit Valley tulips to brighten your home. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Goat-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes with Chive Blossoms
This beautiful dish is sure to be a new spring favorite!

Oven-Roasted Cauliflower
Tossed with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, this recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse is a snap to make.

Garlic Butter-Roasted Baby Shiitake Mushrooms
Roasted with capers and garlic, this simple mushroom dish is a real show-stopper.

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This punchy vinegar is fantastic incorporated into salad dressings.

Chive Blossom-Garlic Aioli
This flavorful aioli is wonderful served with freshly-roasted asparagus, or even with homemade French fries!

Mustard Greens Pesto
Brilliantly green, this mustard greens pesto packs a bit of a kick and pairs beautifully with grilled fingerling potatoes!

Goat-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes with Chive Blossoms

This beautiful dish is sure to be a new spring favorite!

Ingredients:
3 pounds fingerling or other small new potato
2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces soft mild goat cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Fresh flowering chives, snipped with scissors, for garnish

Method:
1, Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Peel potatoes and cut into ⅛-inch-thick slices with a manual slicer or sharp thin knife. Keep slices in a large bowl of cold water while making sauce.

3. Cook shallots in butter in a small skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Transfer to a blender and purée with milk, cream, cheese, kosher salt to taste, and pepper.

4. Drain potatoes in a large colander and pat dry. Arrange in a buttered 3-quart shallow baking dish in 3 layers, pouring some of sauce over each layer (use all of sauce) and putting best potato slices on top layer. Bake, covered with foil, in lower third of oven. Remove foil after 45 minutes and continue to bake until potatoes are tender, 30 to 45 minutes more. If desired, briefly broil potatoes under preheated broiler until top is golden.

Cheese Please

During the quiet, gray afternoons of winter, another area of the farm bustles with life: the farmstead creamery. Tucked in its own charming little building next to the stone barn and replete with two 26-gallon Van Riet cheese vats, commercial equipment and a cheese cave, our beloved fromagerie is a quiet and tranquil spot to experiment with new cheesemaking recipes and techniques.

We make a wide variety of fresh and aged cheeses in-house—from the hand-dipped ricotta cheeses crafted from leftover whey to the rich and creamy Tomme, Vecchio and Grana styles that are brined and aged in the cave. Other fromagerie-made favorites also include fresh chevre crafted from goat’s milk, fromage blanc and silky crème fraîche. This year we have been busy developing several new cheeses as well, working with new recipes and techniques to expand on the skills originally gleaned during our training at the Vermont Institute of Artisan Cheese and with cheesemakers Enrique Canut, Marc Druart, Peter Dixon and Gianaclis Caldwell.

We look forward to sharing delicious new cheeses, plus tried-and-true favorites from both our creamery and other local fromageries, in your weekly boxes all year long!

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